Spudrick68 said: ↑
John Lydon is an avid reader and has said that an education is nothing to be afraid of, and I think that he's right. When asked what his ambition was he said to read every book ever written.
Except the ones written by hippies of course.
You mean things like 'Desolation Angels' and 'The Dahma Bums' by Jack Kerouac ?
A schoolfriend once asked, when he was round our house, 'why have you got so many books?'. In later life I've been asked the same sort of questions: "what do you need all these books for?" etc. I don't even have that many.
My Dad used to laugh about how a relative once said, when he'd bought a book or two, "...but you've already got loads of books!", as though books are like tins of baked beans. To be fair, quite a few of them are: is it really necessary to own two Dan Browns, for example
Another schoolmate struggled badly with reading (he's very bright but quite dyslexic). The school completely failed him, with one teacher pretty much telling his parents that he was probably retarded and so nothing could be done - this, incredibly was in the 1980s. To his credit he found some literature that appealed to his interests, such as the Fleming James Bond novels and those 'Target' Doctor Who books and managed to teach himself to read through sheer enthusiasm.
I think my grandad did something similar, having received little formal education, and having gained in fluency through his own efforts became an avid reader. Which brings me on to...
[...] To combat the staggering tedium which clearly accompanied many people's army years he had picked up the habit of reading absolutely everything - from books, to out of date newspapers, to the information writtem on the side of tinned goods and packets of tea. I picked the habit up at a very young age.
My grandad used to say that both my Dad and I would 'read the label on a sauce bottle', and he wasn't wrong - although it seemed to escape his notice that he'd do the exact same thing - which makes me wonder if reading at the table (considered bad manners until quite recently) might be a symptom of some genetic quirk
I have read (wouldn't necessarily vouch for the truth of this) that in some circles: with the numerals which we use being often called "Arabic" numerals (got by us -- as mentioned above -- from the Arabs) -- as opposed to Roman ones; the numerals as used in the Arab world (different in detail, functioning the same way), are referred to as "Semitic" numerals. At first sight, seems a little odd -- "Semite / Semitic" suggesting first-off, things Jewish; and, Arabs and Jews... but both are in fact Semitic peoples -- both supposedly descended from Noah's son Shem.